Filmfest 2008

The Rolling Stones, as it turns out, are not the only senior citizens singing rock 'n' roll. Another, rather unexpected group is singing lyrics that are more cutting edge and performing on-screen antics that are considerably more amusing. You won't believe the world of Young@Heart, but you'll have a hard time resisting it. The Chorus is a 24-member singing group from Northampton, Mass., average age 80, who spend a chunk of their golden years touring the world and singing covers of songs from groups like the Talking Heads, the Clash and Coldplay. It's safe to say that the Ramones' "I Wanna Be Sedated" has never had a more heartfelt rendition. Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times To observe the Chorus perform “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees is to be uplifted, if slightly unsettled. Sung by people approaching the end of their lives, the song is a blunt survival anthem. These singers, most of them well-rehearsed amateurs, refuse to go gently into that good night. For them music is oxygen. Stephen Holden, The New York Times

With: Bob Climan, Jim Armenti, William E. Arnold Jr., Joe Benoit

tags: Documentary


Director: Stephen Walker, Sally George